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Hi everybody!

I'm about to embark on an odyssey and could use advice. I am modeling Ohio Central in N scale. As far as I can tell, there has only been two N scale locomotives actually produced in Ohio Central's maroon, yellow and gray paint scheme. One an F7 and another a C420. I was lucky enough to find one of teh Atlas AC420's, but I desire another locomotive for my livery.

So... I just acquired an undecorated locomotive, and will have it painted and decaled. But I need to figure out which colors come closest.

Is there a cross reference chart somewhere that tells me which make and color works best for a particular road name?

Based on my looking around, I believe that between Wisconsin Central and Erie & Lackawanna, that the three colors I need are similar. But nmow all I have is three different road names.

How do I figure out which brand/color will match any of those?

Thanks in advance for your time and consideration!


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Here are the EL and WC colors available

Have fun and remember paint fades so close enough will work

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